Monday, December 18, 2006
I loved my little studio space.......
More pictures of my little furniture, our Treehouse and especially my work area.....that is, where I loved working on my art when we lived in Bellingham, Washington....several years ago. Does anyone know of Bellingham? It is such a pretty area, so green, so many beautiful trees and mountains and wildflowers. I loved it there. One winter when we were there, we lived with my husband's mother and took care of her. We lived in Sudden Valley, a wonderful vacation area outside of Bellingham. One winter afternoon, Mike and I went out to walk in the snow.....which was very high and the trees were bending under the weight of so much snow! It was a wonderland! We had so much fun, running and sliding on the road, watching branches suddenly drop their catches of snow and the many glistening flakes would fall delicately and ever so gently to the ground. We stopped quickly in awe of the little glittering, light filled snowflakes.....feeling as if they were speaking to us as they fell to the ground. We later rented an apartment right in the town of Bellingham and stayed there for over a year. Mike's mother had passed away and that was a very difficult thing for my husband and myself, too. He loved his mother. She was a very funny and very intelligent lady. She raised 9 children and was a wonderful mother and always so kind to me. We miss her. My little studio space, small as it was, made me so happy. Even a small work space can be precious when you fall into it's magic and begin to create wonders and gifts of childlike glee!! Our entire apartment was filled to overflowing with our artwork absolutely everywhere! It was a tiny apartment but had an enormous window that looked out onto the bay in Bellingham. We were amazed and delighted to watch huge ships and different kinds of amazing and odd vessels move slowly across our window view. We took many pictures of them as well as beautiful and memorable sunsets. We have good memories of our little home there. So, during that time, we also displayed our beautiful Treehouse (our Fairy Castle) at a beautiful shop in downtown Bellingham; a small town but filled with many artists and creative people and also people who loved nature. The other pictures here of our furniture were taken in that shop as well. The first picture is a funny one......I was watching a video I made of some of our furniture and decided to take a picture of the pieces as they were on t.v......makes an odd, dreamy kind of image, doesn't it? It is of just some of my little collections of tiny teapots and teacups, vases, etc. Nearly everyone of my little precious treasures are in our storage units.....sitting patiently and quietly in boxes stacked high to the ceiling......wondering why they are all left there in the dark. I miss all my things so much. We just don't have enough room where we live to have any of our things. Sometime, hopefully in the future, we can move to a bigger place. That will be a very happy day for me, indeed......to be able to unpack all my pretty things and feel like it is Christmas again and set about decorating and fitting out our pretty little place, wherever that turns out to be.......someday.......someday. The collage with the wonderfully cute dog is one I made last year. I love this one......it's so colourful and funny. Aren't collages wonderful??!!! The little scene with the woman's face in the background is a very different piece I made when we were living in Seaview, Washington, near Astoria, Oregon. We had moved there to help my mother who was 79 at the time; she just recently turned 80 (and is still writing music, directing operas, sewing, cooking and baking, walking her big beautiful black dog Ruben and also just moved into a 1918 "lodge" house by the ocean and is having a wonderful time decorating and fixing up her new home......at 80 years old! I should be so blessed to be so busy at 80)!! We rented a wonderful old house near the sea (in Seaview) and had so many good memories of doing our art there......Mike painting for hours and hours while I made little furniture and precious little creations out of branches and old fabric snippets, shells and tendrils......pretty ribbons and papers and so many other oddities and wonderful little finds. We had our cat Sasha with us, too and she loved it there. I miss her so much. We lost her last summer to a coyote, which haunts me still......I think about our lovely cat and pray that she is all right. So, here are some pretty things for you. I hope you will like them and also will enjoy reading all my ramblings and thoughts. I love hearing from anyone......if you care to write me back.....even just a little comment is wonderful for me to read and keep in my heart.....friends are so special!! Keep looking for the glittering beauty and softness of Christmas and the hope and love that surrounds this time and find someone to share this happiness with so they can enjoy Christmas, too! There are so many people who are lonely and sad at this time of year, too......who need to be shown love and kindness even more than ever!! Debbie (www.artmajeur.com/debbieschramer)
Posted by Debbie Schramer at 2:18 PM